Equal Rites (Discworld Novel 3)
Terry Pratchett

283 pages, published 1987

Again, you really can’t go wrong with Terry Pratchett and, seeing as I’m working my way through the series, you’ll probably get a few of these.

Equal Rites starts with an elderly and dying wizard coming to a small town to bequeath his staff and all his magic powers to the seventh son of a seventh son – imagine everyone’s surprise when the child turns out to be a girl! Right in the middle of novel battling back and forth between the gender inequalities inherent to both witch and wizarding traditions of magic, our young magic-seeker finds herself having to make her way through the these stereotypes to get where she wants, aided of course by her (ever stereotypical) elderly witch guardian. 3/5

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